Views from My Kitchen Sink: No, you’re not doing #StayHome (or cancer) wrong
The above photo is the view from my kitchen sink, a view I’ve become even more familiar with these days. The same can probably be said about the views from the other windows in my house. Lots of staying home, staying in, looking out. Sound familiar?
I kinda feel like I could start a series or pitch a column (to whom I do not know) that I’d call “Views (opinions) from My Kitchen Sink During a Pandemic”.
What do ya think?
(I’m kidding. Sort of. Am I starting to lose it?)
Thankfully, the weather is finally warming, so I will be able to spend more time on the other side of said windows. The outdoors is always a wonderful respite, even more so these days.
How are YOU doing?
Are you still hunkered down at home?
For the most part, I am.
My state is still under stay-at-home orders through Memorial Day. After that, who knows?
Maybe you live in one of the states (or countries) that has loosened restrictions, and you are venturing out (while social distancing and wearing a mask, of course).
If you reside in a “loosening-up” location, I bet you’re feeling more than a wee bit apprehensive and not venturing out much anyway, am I right?
Regardless, I’d love to know how things are going, so be sure to let me know with a comment below.
I haven’t been out much during the past couple months except to make a few trips to the grocery store. Gotta say, grocery shopping is sorta weird these days.
Dear Hubby and I have made one trip to visit Best Mother-in-Law Ever. Oops, I guess we haven’t stayed home entirely, but we had to see her even if it was only through the window of her care facility. Just hoping we get to see her in person at some point. She’s nearly 93, so that is not a given. Not by a long shot.
The above photo of a mom and her son both warms and breaks my heart.
Btw, Dear Hubby works in the food industry, so he’s considered essential. Therefore, he is NOT working from home, which is something I sorta gave up on nagging him about.
Back to the topic of this post…
If, like me, you have been hunkered down in your house the last couple months, have you ever felt like you were/are doing this stay-at-home thing wrong? Or maybe not wrong, just not that well?
I don’t know about you, but I have felt that way now and then. Granted, when I do start feeling that way, I bounce out of that line of thinking fairly fast.
But still, why do I fall into that trap at all?
Admittedly, I spend a chunk of time every day (probably too big a chunk) on social media because when you’re a blogger/advocate, you sorta have to. Plus, I’ve made some wonderful friends there. It’s fun to connect and commiserate.
When I’m scrolling through my feeds though, undoubtedly, I see posts floating by about how I might be making better use of my time. Have you noticed this too?
Yep. The internet is overflowing with tips on how you and I could be doing this staying-at-home thing better.
For example, just today someone
bragged mentioned she had made key lime pie from scratch. Yep. From scratch no less. Another pointed out how much yoga she’d been doing lately. Then there are those who’ve tackled reorganizing their homes, started making their own bread or sewed a gazillion face masks for charities.
(To be clear, those are fine things to be doing. They’re just not for me. Weren’t before. Aren’t now either.)
The thing is, whenever I read that sort of stuff, like you perhaps, I ask myself, why haven’t I been accomplishing more?
Not that other stuff, but MY stuff.
Why am I not churning out a blog post a day? Why have I yet to make further progress on my new book? Heck, why haven’t I made any? Why have I only read one book from cover to cover? (I’ve started several though.) Why is my house still in need of spring cleaning? Why is my garden still pretty much untouched. (Granted, it has been unseasonably cold.) Why have I baked nothing in the last two months, and why have I tried zero new dinner recipes? Yep. Zero. (I have pinned a ton of recipes to my Pinterest boards though, maybe that counts for something.)
Yikes. When I ask myself such questions, I realize I’ve gotten even less done than I thought!
Granted, for the most part, my life hasn’t changed all that much during this #StayHome time. I fully realize I am fortunate, privileged even. My routines are pretty much the same. Worked at home before. Work at home now. Didn’t go out much before. Definitely don’t go out much now.
But yet everything feels different when I’m told to stay home.
These days, it can be hard to focus on non-virus stuff. Writing is my job. Writing takes focus. Words don’t just flow out of my keyboard. I am having trouble focusing. I am. I feel like I should be writing words that are uplifting, helpful or at least more interesting. I feel like I should be contributing to the greater good in a more meaningful way.
I feel like I should be doing BETTER.
But how do I do that?
How does anyone?
Even though we all realize we need to cut ourselves a lot slack these days, it’s easy to fall into that “should be doing a better job” trap.
Just like with cancer.
A cancer diagnosis is work. It’s like a full-time job. It can be hard to focus on other things. It’s hard to feel like you’re accomplishing much some days even though just making it through the day is, in fact, accomplishing A LOT.
And yet, Cancer Havers sometimes are made to feel they should be handling it all while keeping a smile on their faces too.
One parallel (of many) I wrote about earlier between the cancer and the pandemic experiences is the one where in both instances, it can sometimes feel like you should be doing both a certain way.
You might want to read The Striking Parallels Between the Cancer & Covid-19 Experiences & Why Thinking About Them Matters.
There’s some unwritten, unachievable gold standard for how “to do” both.
There is a right way to do cancer. (Stay strong. Be brave. Fight. Above all else, stay positive. Blah, blah, blah.)
Nope. There is not a right way.
There is a right way to do #StayHome. (Do stuff. Do stuff. Do more stuff. And of course, stay positive while doing all that stuff.)
Again, no. There is not.
It’s ridiculous really, the pressure we can put on ourselves. Try not to do that.
So no, you’re not doing #StayHome (or cancer) wrong.
(Unless you’re not following physical distancing, mask wearing guidelines and staying home when you can, of course.)
Don’t beat yourself up for not doing grandiose things. Or even small things.
Your job during cancer treatment (and beyond) is to do your best one day at a time.
Your job during this #StayHome time is pretty much the same. Do your best one day at a time.
It’s enough. In fact, it’s more than enough.
Have you ever felt like you’re doing #StayHome (or cancer) wrong or just not that well?
How are things going for YOU, and what is one of your challenges these days?
If applicable, where have you ventured out to of late and what was that like?
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I walk by the above #StayHome sign in my neighborhood nearly every day. It seems fitting for this post. And of course, staying home if you are able to is NOT doing nothing. It’s doing a lot.
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